Pakistan-China co-op in Cotton research

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BEIJING: The flow of knowledge is an important part of scientific research and will be really to see Pakistan and China to cope with the climate change and associated risks in cotton.
This was stated by Mian Faisal Nazir, who currently works as a postdoctoral research fellow at Institute of Cotton Research (ICR) of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS).
During the course of his PhD, he studied the genomic aspects of genetic differentiation and adaptive evolution of upland cotton in Anyang, China, according China Economic Net (CEN) on Friday.
Now his work is basically about investigating the primitive nature of a landrace “G. purpurascens” identified by Prof. Du Xiongming, director of Cotton Germplasm Resources Division, ICR, CAAS and his colleagues and its differential behavior
with other landraces and modern cultivars.
“The dimension of Pakistan and China’s research on cotton is different, or you can say that it has a wider scope in China, while in Pakistan it is limited. Most of the cotton research work in Pakistan is focused on field-based evaluation and developing new cultivars.
However, in China, besides field-based work, lots of advanced molecular research is also going on. In Pakistan we are also doing molecular research, but due to the limited resources, its scope isn’t much wider,” he explained. He sees clearly what difficulties are faced by Pakistan’s and China’s cotton planting.
“Recently a study described how climate change is influencing cotton production in Xinjinag, China. Similarly in Pakistan climate change associated with unpredicted rainfalls and increasing temperature are major concerns for scientists. In coming years its impact would be huge if we don’t take timely measures.”
Therefore, “there is a lot of potential in Pak-China cooperation on cotton research,” he mentioned. “The flow of knowledge is an important part of scientific research. China has moderate weather conditions during cotton cropping season, while Pakistan has higher temperature during the season. So, it will be really interesting to see efforts from both sides to cope with the climate change and associated risks in cotton.”
As for the cultural shock and eating habits in China, he said that he is a very adaptable person. “I never felt any cultural shock and I kind of fell in love with Chinese food. China has so much diversity in food, a person can never get bored of food,” Faisal Nazir noted.
However, “language barrier is the biggest issue. For doctoral studies, due to the short study period and extensive research, we don’t get much time to learn Chinese.”
Luckily, Faisal Nazir’s professor and even other teachers and lab mates are “super kind to foreign students and always support us in work and daily life.”
When it comes to his future plan, he told reporter that future plan is all about the right time. “I have already started working here, and to further my carrier I still have a long way of learning. When the time is right, I will definitely go back and serve my country.”